Picnic NYC Reviews and Tickets

(99 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Dated

About the Show

Transport Group revives William Inge's 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, which examines the power of sex, class, and youth in our society. Featuring Tony winner Michele Pawk, and nominees John Cariani and Emily Skinner.

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97 Reviews | 32 Followers
Great acting, Must see, Delightful

See it if You like to see beautifully written plays performed by a very talented cast. Simple, intimate and so wonderful!!! Really mesmerized!!!

Don't see it if You require elaborate trappings. This is simplicity at its finest. Do yourself a favor and see it. Rarely done. Incredible opportunity!

59 Reviews | 16 Followers
Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Intense, Sexy

See it if you love expert modern performances of mid-century American classics, or if you don't but want to be proven wrong in exhilarating fashion.

Don't see it if an outstanding ensemble of actors sinking their teeth into a perfectly crafted drama isn't enough spectacle for you. (It should be.)

450 Reviews | 68 Followers
Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you wanted to see Inge at his best. A company that just DOES THE PLAY and doesn't try to "fix" it.

Don't see it if you have to have a set.

133 Reviews | 36 Followers
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if you'd like an intimate look at small town life with real people on a Labor Day weekend. A magical production.

Don't see it if you want elaborate sets, a proscenium, or find "Splendor In the Grass" dated. This production rests solely on the script and the actors.

506 Reviews | 1010 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Inge at his best. In a class with Williams and O'Neill. Strong cast. clever sets (not quite elaborate) Nice staff at the Judson Church.

Don't see it if you need a super set or an overblown production. Read more

80 Reviews | 18 Followers
Great writing, Great acting, Riveting, Romantic, Funny

See it if you've never seen a William Inge play (like me), and want to see a great American classic play with fantastic performances. I loved it.

Don't see it if I really can't think of a reason not to see this. The set is very minimalistic so just know that going in I guess? Read more

71 Reviews | 7 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Romantic

See it if you enjoy the story with minimal but creative stage setting and great acting

Don't see it if you prefer the movie over a live production

147 Reviews | 28 Followers
Entertaining, Great writing, Clever

See it if You like older playwrights, intimate productions, solid acting of a classic drama. If you know the play but never saw live production

Don't see it if You don't like small theatres or classic drama about small town USA. And don't be late. Youll have to wait till end of 1st act to be seated

Critic Reviews (17)

The New York Times
March 30th, 2017

"The shows depict lives in turmoil with deceptive simplicity — an elusive quality that the Transport Group captures in the graceful revivals...Inge's work burst with generous humanity and possessed a sure grasp on the power of intimacy — something these productions skillfully bring to the fore...The productions work well together because Mr. Cummings and his cast are in sync with Inge’s sensibility, aware as he was that understatement is powerful."
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Time Out New York
March 29th, 2017

"It’s astonishing how little in the way of artifice is required to create powerful theater. An artful script helps, and William Inge’s 'Picnic' is an oft-revived neo-classic for good reason...In mounting this barebones revival, director Jack Cummings III has managed to sand the edges off any potential villains. Even so, each ordinary Kansan depicted appears to be grappling with forces on the scale of Greek tragedy."
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The Wall Street Journal
March 30th, 2017

"These revivals, staged by Jack Cummings III and acted by a first-class ensemble cast, will leave you in no doubt that Inge was one of America’s half-dozen greatest playwrights...Simplicity and intimacy are the keys to these stagings...This kind of bare-bones staging works only if the actors are strong enough not to need to hide behind the production. Mr. Cummings’s cast delivers the goods...In the end, though, Mr. Cummings is the hero of the piece."
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March 26th, 2017

"Two excellent productions featuring a terrific cast that blows the dust off these somewhat dated classics...Jack Cummings III directs these plays with loving detail...Inge's depiction of women is decidedly of its time...But then there's Elless...Elless' performances are, by themselves, worth the price of admission...Cummings can't prevent the plots from veering toward the melodramatic at times, but their power for us today is that they open windows into a past that we often forget existed."
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April 11th, 2017

“Transport Group's superb mounting of both of these plays in repertory is staged by director Jack Cummings III in an intimate environment that allows natural performances and gentle nuances…While Millie's determination to make an independent life for herself is the guts of 'Picnic,' the tragedy lies in Skinner's fascinating Rosemary, who gives off a sexy, carefree vibe until it's finally revealed to her that Howard is not going to marry her...Beautifully subtle glimpses of human longings.”
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Lighting & Sound America
April 10th, 2017

"If these productions don't convince you that Inge is one of our finest playwrights, nothing will...Nobody understood the corrosive effects of loneliness better than Inge, and Emily's account of her spinster schoolteacher life is presented with savage exactitude...'Picnic' has a director who understands Inge's play from the inside out and a gifted cast that is alive to the script's tiniest nuances. I've seen three or four productions of 'Picnic,' and this is the finest by far."
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April 1st, 2017

"Despite heavy-handed direction, these revivals of two well-known, insightful and meticulously written works succeed...Inge creates a haunting gallery of individuals struggling with their innermost desires and the class system...With his exceptional physique, great smile and abundant charm, Patterson is perfection as Hal...Mrs. Potts’ warm heart and wisdom are beautifully conveyed by Mac Rae. Michele Pawk gingerly captures the maternal harshness and pragmatism of Flo."
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March 26th, 2017

"If Inge seems outdated and somewhat clumsy to current theatergoers, his plays still have the insights and dramatic tension that make them worth revival...But there are problems. Presenting Inge in repertory makes it painfully obvious just how similar his plays are...If much of 'Picnic' and 'Come Back, Little Sheba' is overwrought and obvious, the two plays do give us a picture of middle America back in the 1950s."
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